Hoylake Golf Resort - Financial risk

Waiting for an internal review by Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council of their handling of this request.

John H Hutchinson

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,
What steps has Council taken to protect itself and its Council Tax and Business Tax-payers from financial losses should the golf resort development at Hoylake, fail?

Yours faithfully,

John H Hutchinson

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr John H Hutchinson



Thank you for your correspondence OF 9 February 2018 in which you asked:

“What steps has Council taken to protect itself and its Council Tax and
Business Tax-payers from financial losses should the golf resort
development at Hoylake, fail?”


The Freedom of Information Act 2000 relates only to information already
held in recorded form. The question you have asked is not for recorded
information.  However, in response the Council would like to state that
all possible practical measures have been put in place to protect public
investment in the Hoylake Golf Resort project.  



Yours sincerely




Lynette Paterson

Senior Information Management Officer

Business Services - Digital


Treasury Building

Argyle Street
CH41 1AH


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ScarletPimpernel left an annotation ()

Hi John,

Which is not entirely true, as Wirral Council councillors were given advice over the Hoylake Golf Resort contract https://ico.org.uk/media/action-weve-tak... that Wirral Council didn't want to share with the public (presumably some of that covers financial risk)!

And let's face it it took a judicial case and regulatory action for Wirral Council to partially disclose the contract! https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p... .

There were questions asked yesterday evening at the Birkenhead Constituency Committee about the project which you can watch starting here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxs6GIzG... .

I think it was stated in answer to a one question that Wirral Council would charge 5% interest on the £millions they will lend for the project that's already been agreed in principle (subject to planning permission).

John H Hutchinson

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Hoylake Golf Resort - Financial risk'.

The reply cannot be correct because Council and NJVG have signed an Agreement that must have addressed the risks to and protection of public funds.

If the reply is correct and Council has not got written evidence of its due diligence and assurance that public funds are safe, then Council will be guilty of failure of fiduciary duty if public money is lost.

I shall be grateful if you will review the reply in order to reassure me.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/h...

Yours faithfully,

John H Hutchinson

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